A heavily-tattooed thug has been jailed for his role in a bizarre kidnapping plot aimed at stealing half a kilo of cocaine.
Kevin Clifford Pearce, who has boasted about previously bashing bikies and assaulting paedophiles, carried out the plan with two accomplices on 17 April 2020.
The trio believed they had snatched half a kilo of cocaine from a Gold Coast home but it turned out to be $6,500 worth of hemp gummies.
Pearce, 35, the son of a pastor, punched the victim three times and threatened to kill him during the ordeal.
On Monday, Pearce, who sports a number of facial tattoos, pleaded guilty in Southport District Court to kidnapping, robbery in company, burglary and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Kevin Clifford Pearce has been jailed after kidnapping a man who he believed was holding half a kilogram of cocaine on the Gold Coast – which turned out to be lollies
The court heard Pearce and his accomplice Dewald De Klerk were told an acquaintance had a ‘key’ – half a kilogram – of cocaine in his Labrador home.
But it was a fabrication, with the homeowner earlier lying to his flatmate about the drugs to see if they could be ‘trusted’, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
About 4.30pm on April 17 last year, Pearce, De Klerk and another man went to the home and demanded the cocaine.
When the homeowner refused, Pearce assaulted him while De Klerk threatened to cut off his finger.
Crown prosecutor Lara Soldi also told the court Pearce showed the victim a tattoo on his body linked to a bikie gang.
The trio then forced the victim into his own car and stole both the vehicle and a motorbike.
Pearce and the other man took the victim to the nearby Coombabah wetlands while De Klerk rode the motorbike.
More threats followed during the 90 minute kidnapping, before the victim jumped from his own car at a red light and ran to a service station for help.
‘This is a man who had people confront him in his own home, take him multiple places, threatened him and were violent towards him,’ Ms Soldi told the court.
‘It can be inferred that this would have been incredibly distressing for him.’
Ms Soldi also told the court the kidnapping was just three weeks after Pearce had been given bail after being caught with drugs.
His accomplice, De Klerk, was sentenced in June this year to four years’ prison, suspended after serving 14 months.
He pleaded guilty to six charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary.
Defence barrister David Funch said Pearce had been studying psychology while in prison and wants to ‘help people who have gone down the same road as he has gone down.’
The court heard Pearce stole close to $6,500 worth of hemp gummies, a car and a motorbike from a Gold Coast home on April 17 last year with two accomplices
The kidnap victim (pictured shirtless) later jumped from his own car at a red light and ran to a service station for help in the incident on the Gold Coast last April
In 2016, Pearce was sentenced to 15 months’ jail after he pleaded guilty in the same court to a number of offences, including carrying a loaded weapon in a public place.
Pearce was nabbed with a loaded, sawn-off 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition in a stolen car.
He faced court at the time after breaching parole for another weapons offence.
Pearce was placed in protective custody after bashing several bikies and paedophiles when behind bars.
On Monday, Pearce was sentenced by Judge Deborah Holliday to four years and eight months’ prison for his latest offences, with his parole release date May 18, 2022.